World Book Day

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Thursday 5 March is World Book Day and libraries are celebrating with storytimes based on the much loved book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. This is to celebrate the opening of an exciting new Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park on 5th March. It’s free and fun for all the family, so call in to Anglers to explore!

Children under five can also pick up a free voucher at library storytimes. This can be exchanged for a choice of special books produced for World Book Day books at participating shops. Visit the website to find out more about World Book day including games, competitions and story videos. Contact your local library to find out details of their World Book day storytimes.


Bookstart Bear is always very excited by World Book Day as he is setting off on a Grand Tour of libraries. He will be enjoying the stories and joining in with the all the rhymes and actions and the happy booky fun!
You can meet him here:

Wednesday 25 Feb Featherstone Library 10 – 10.30
Thursday 26 Feb Castleford Forum 10 – 11
Friday 27 Feb Wakefield Library 10 – 11
Horbury Library 2.15 – 3
Tuesday 3 Mar South Elmsall Library 9.30 – 10.30
Wakefield Library 1.30 – 2.30
Wednesday 4 Mar Ossett Library 10.30 – 11
Tues 10 Mar Normanton Library 10.10.30
Wed 11 Mar Pontefract Library 9.30 – 11.30

For teenagers, tell them about Teen Fest 6-8pm on 4 and 5 March. Two amazing free online evenings with fantastic authors taking part in Hangouts and interviews, how-tos, blogposts, playlists, prizes as well as the chance to chat with other readers and writers.

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I haven’t come across the Thwaites Wainwright Prize before.It’s only in its second year and is to promote and reward books about the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel. Literary writing about nature has a fine history in the UK from The Rev Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne (1789) onwards and the longlist for this prize shows some interesting additions to the genre.
There is H is for Hawk of course, a feature on every literary prize list at the moment, Adam Thorpe writing about Silbury Hill and Oliver Rackham on Ash trees. Counting Sheep by Philip Walling sounds interesting: full of stories, history, trivia and humour, Counting Sheep explores Britain through its most influential animal.

The prizes is sponsored by Thwaites Brewery in assocaition with The National Trust and BBC Countryfile, in memory of Alfred Wainwright. The shortlist will be announced on 26th March and the winner on 22nd April. The full longlist is
Brittannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker
Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker
Counting Sheep by Philip Walling
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel
On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe
Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden
Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature by Richard Askwith
The Ash Tree by Oliver Rackham
The Moor by William Atkins
The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
Walking Home by Clare Balding

Try a new author and help them to make 6.66p!


For the eighth year running, US thriller writer James Patterson retains his crown as the UK’s most borrowed author, according to data released today by Public Lending Right.
Six children’s authors are among the top 10 most borrowed authors. They are Daisy Meadows, the brand behind the “Rainbow Magic” series (2nd); former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson (3rd), Francesca Simon, author of the “Horrid Henry” series (4th); Adam Blade (6th); Jacqueline Wilson (7th); and Roald Dahl (10th).
Julia Donaldson commented: “I’m thrilled that my books are being widely borrowed from libraries, which are some of my favourite places. I developed my own love of books in my local library and would quite possibly not otherwise have become a writer myself. When I was the Children’s Laureate and went on a six-week library tour I was impressed with how libraries continue to inspire today’s children, from the popular Rhyme-Time sessions for toddlers through to the homework clubs for schoolchildren. With the closure of so many bookshops the libraries have an added importance, and it’s important that they remain open and at the heart of our communities. It is wonderful to receive my PLR statement each year and I am pleased that PLR has now been extended to audio-books. This comes after many years of authors and their organisations seeking for the inclusion of audio-books in PLR. So, this extension comes as a very welcome development.”

Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors, 2013/14 (2012/13 position in brackets)
1. James Patterson (1) 6. Adam Blade (8)
2. Daisy Meadows (2) 7. Jacqueline Wilson (5)
3. Julia Donaldson (3) 8. Nora Roberts( 6)
4. Francesca Simon (4) 9. Lee Child (12)
5. M C Beaton (7) 10. Roald Dahl (14)
David Walliams is at 74 (up from 157th last year and 430th in 2011/12) in the PLR Top 500 most borrowed authors. Other big risers include Holly Webb (up to 41st from 68th last year) and Valerie Thomas (up to 67th from 115th).
M C Beaton author of the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth crime fiction books is the most borrowed British author of books for adults, at number five.
Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, 2013/14
1. Inferno Dan Brown
2. Never Go Back Lee Child
3. A Wanted Man Lee Child
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
5. Private Down Under James Patterson & Michael White
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Jeff Kinney
7. Six Years Harlan Coben
8. Second Honeymoon James Patterson
9. Mistress James Patterson & David Ellis
10. The Dying Hours Mark Billingham
Jamie Oliver’s Save With Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less just missed out on a place in the Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, coming in at number 11. This is a rare appearance in the Top 100 by a non-fiction title.

E L James who was in at No 3 last year with Fifty Shades of Grey does not appear in the Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles list this year.
Public Lending Right (PLR) was established by Act of Parliament in 1979. It gives authors the legal right to receive payment from government each time their books are loaned through the public library system.

In February 2015, PLR will make payments totalling £6 million to 22,053 authors. This year’s Rate Per Loan is 6.66 pence.

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For anyone who enjoys history, we have a treat in store on Wednesday 15 April 6 – 8pm.
Historian and biographer Juliet Barker will be joining us to talk about her book England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381. The Great Revolt is often called The Peasant’s Revolt. Juliet says ”This is a book of two halves. The first is a snapshot of what English life was really like in town and countryside in 1381 which helps to set the scene for the Great Revolt and explains how and why it happened. The second is a detailed account of the revolt itself, following its course across Essex and Kent then spreading throughout the south east and East Anglia and as far afield as Yorkshire and Somerset. And as anyone who’s read any of my books before will expect, it’s full of entertaining stories which bring the people and period to extraordinary life, from Margery Starre who danced around the bonfire of the Cambridge University archives shouting ‘Away with the learning of clerks! Away with it!’ to the sad tale of John Giboun, who’s evidence was used to convict and hang his own son.”

The evening begins with ‘Skeleton Secrets, 6-7pm. Drop in to chat to the knowledgable staff of Wakefield Museum about medieval bones and what they can tell us about diet and lifestyles of the period.

Juliet will be speaking from 7-8pm, with a chance to buy an autograped copy of her books afterwards.

This is going to be a fascinating evening so book early to ensure a place. The evening is free but please book for the Juliet Barker talk by phoning Wakefield Library on 01924 305376 or emailing

Creative Writing with Adult Education

Creative Writing
A group of learners from English classes for learners with dyslexia at Manygates, St Luke’s in South Elmsall and the 5 Towns centre came together recently to attend a Christmas Creative Writing Workshop at Wakefield One. This had been arranged by their tutor, Vanessa Goddard and Lynne Holroyd from Library Services.

Julie Walker, a Reader Development Officer with Kirklees Library Services, hosted the event and worked with the learners on creating a group poem about Christmas. All the learners have limited writing abilities but showed their creative side in putting together a brilliant poem!

The learners really enjoyed the day – asking when they could do it again! Vanessa, the class tutor, was thrilled at how well they had done, saying “When your writing skills are limited you can be overlooked for creative writing ventures but this shows that everyone has potential to write good poetry! With the help of Library Services we are hoping to provide more opportunities for learners to develop their creative writing skills……”

An Ode to Christmas
The man in red gets all the credit
The woman’s stressed about the list
She fights through crowds all hot and bothered
While he’s at home getting……. merry!

But it’s all worth it when you see the faces
Of the children lit up with joy
Making memories to last forever
A gift that time cannot destroy
And on it goes each festive year
We celebrate our Christmas cheer!

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Award winning author Berlie Doherty will be at Wakefield Library on Thursday 26 March, 2 – 3.30pm. Berlie is famous as the author of over 60 books for children, teenagers and adults, and has written many plays for radio, theatre and television as well as stories set to music and opera librettos. She has been translated into over twenty languages and has won many awards, including the Carnegie medal for both Granny Was a Buffer Girl and Dear Nobody; and the Writers’ Guild Award for both Daughter of the Sea and the theatre version of Dear Nobody.Her latest book is Far from Home, telling the story of what happened to the sisters of Jim, hero of her classic Street Child.
Berlie will be talking about Requiem, a novel for adults, set in rural Ireland and later in Venice. Requiem is the powerful and haunting story of a young woman’s search for self-fulfilment as she struggles against both the love of her close Irish family and the seductive discipline of her convent upbringing.
Join us for afternoon tea on Thursday 26 March to meet Berlie and hear about her work.

Free event but booking is requested please

Wakefield Library and Museum
Wakefield One, Burton Street
Wakefield WF1 2DD
Tel 01924 305376

The Temporary Bride

Jennifer Klinec Temporary Bride

We have some exciting and fascinating authors visting Wakefield Library this spring. The season start with a memoir of love and food in an Iranian Kitchen and an opportunity to sample Persian chai. Don’t miss it!

Saturday 7 March 2.00-3.30pm

Jennifer Klinec will be takling about her book The Temporary Bride.

”A relationship was a mathematical formula: the correct variables of age, beauty, morality and finances were entered and the output was a successful, peaceful marriage. It couldn’t be, therefore, that their Iranian son could feel desire for someone six years his senior, someone who didn’t come to him pure and untouched. I was an amusing visitor from another world and soon enough I should return to it, fading quietly into an anecdote …”

In her thirties, Jennifer Klinec abandons a corporate job to launch a cooking school from her London flat. Raised in Canada to Hungarian-Croatian parents, she has already travelled to countries most people are fearful of, in search of ancient recipes. Her quest leads her to Iran where, hair discreetly covered and eyes modest, she is introduced to a local woman who will teach her the secrets of the Persian kitchen.

Vahid, her son, is suspicious of the strange foreigner who turns up in his mother’s kitchen; he is unused to seeing an independent woman. But a compelling attraction pulls them together and then pits them against harsh Iranian laws and customs.

Getting under the skin of one of the most complex and fascinating nations on earth, The Temporary Bride is a soaring story of being loved, being fed, and the struggle to belong

The Nom Nom Nom Cookery Book Group invites you to join them on Saturday 7 March when author Jennifer Klinec will be talking about her book The Temporary Bride: a memoir of love and food in Iran and demonstrating how to make Persian Chai.

Free event but booking is requested please

Wakefield Library and Museum
Wakefield One, Burton Street
Wakefield WF1 2DD
Tel 01924 305376

Costa Book Award


The category winners for the Costa Book Award have been announced. The Costa Book Award (previously the Whitbread Prize) is open to authors who live in the UK and Ireland and is the only award to recognise books across five different categories.

In the Children’s Book category Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders, was called “a modern masterpiece” by the judges for moving Nesbitt’s original characters into the trenches of the First World War. The book also revives Nesbitt’s character the Psammead, whom the grown children must help to return home. I’m sure this is a brilliantly written but but I’m not sure I can face reading it as I suspect it will be heartbreaking.

Ali Smith’s How to be Both, shortlisted for the Booker, won in the Novel category. This sounds fascinating- it has two different beginnings, one in the 15th century and another in the present day. Which one you start with depends on which copy you buy or borrow. The judges praised Smith’s narrative concept and the “consummate ease and daring” with which she deployed it.

Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth Is Missing, which is narrated by a 90-year-old woman with dementia, won the First Novel award. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Back home she finds the place horribly unrecognizable – just like she sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud . . .

In the Biography category, Helen Macdonald wins a second prize with H is for Hawk which has already won the Samuel Johnson Prize. Macdonald, an academic at Cambridge university, immersed herself in falconry following the death of her father. Her account explains how she dealt with grief by training her own goshawk Mabel.

The Costa Poetry Award was won by Jonathan Edwards for his collection, My Family and Other Superheroes, in which celebrities and fictional characters such as Sophia Loren and Evil Knievil collide with reflections on the social architecture of working class Welsh valleys.

The Book of the Year will be announced on 27 January. Have you read any of these titles? Which do you think will win?

A Christmas Treat

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Have you looked at our digital library recently? We have some exciting new titles on offer, just in time for you to try out any new tablets, smartphones or e-readers you may find under the tree this Christmas. As well as eBooks you can download talking books and magazines and use our encyclopedias and news services to get the answers to all those New Year quizzes and puzzles. All you need to get started is a library card- it’s all free and it’s there 24/7. Our physical libraries will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday 24 December and re-opening on Monday 5 January.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers!

Reviews from the Family Reader Group

Wakefield Library’s Family Reader Group has been meeting for a few years. The group is moving on now and a new Readers Group for younger readers will be starting soon, but group members have put together reviews of some of the titles they have enjoyed most. Thank you for sharing your reading discoveries.


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Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V Snyder
In the very first of the Glass series – Storm Glass – Opal, the main character, goes on a journey with a master magician to help a clan of magicians who harness the power of the storms out at sea. Along the way she forges many friendships but much more enemies.

My favourite character is Opal Cowan. I really liked her character as she is resilient and though she’s easy to manipulate she gets stronger physically and mentally in the end. She makes me want to be as sturdy and mentally strong as she is at the end of the book.

My favourite part of the book was the description and detail in the glass making, as well as all the different types of magic and how they are used. I loved this book and read the whole trilogy as well as the three before. It was, all in all, a great series of books.

I couldn’t put the books down – I felt like my eyes were glued to the pages. I would definitely recommend this book.

Review by Barnaby, age 15


Zombie Fairy Tales by Kevin Richey
Classic fairy tales with a dark twist. A plague is killing characters but once dead they come back to life – one scratch is all it takes. The stories all intertwine with each other. The characters are all from fairy tales – Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Pocahontas, etc. – and are well written so that you sympathise with them.

There were a number of scary bits as it is a horror/dark comedy. It was an interesting take on fairy tales and I liked how the stories were intertwined. I would definitely read it again.

I would definitely recommend this book as it was well written and funny.

Review by Maddy, age 22

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City of Bones Series by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray finds out that she is a shadow hunter and Jace Wayland – the main character – who is brave and foolhardy but loves Clary helps her to find her true self. Her friend Simon Lewis joins in the adventures and plays a larger role in future books. helps her to find her true self. Exciting adventures and family feuds make each book in the series a thrill to read. Warlocks, werewolves, demons and vampires are all in the books. Great fun to read.

I really enjoyed the book. My favourite part is when poor Simon becomes a vampire but can’t stand blood! The scary parts are those dealing with Sebastian Morgenstern who has demonic blood and wants to take over the world.

I wold definitely recommend all six books in this series, plus the three Infernal Devices prequels which explain many things.

Review by Judy, adult member


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